Woman, ROAR! The Forward Female Co-Founders Lauren Cheek and Priscilla Presley
Lauren Cheek and Priscilla Presley say research shows you have ninety-five percent more chance of success if you are accountable to someone other than just yourself. With that in mind, these two women created The Forward Female. This new co-working space in the Downtown L.A. Arts District offers members monthly check-ins to help keep projects on track. At college, Priscilla won two Lone Star EMMYs and went on to work as a producer at Extra and as part of the marketing team at Bumble. Lauren met Priscilla at Bumble while producing social media content for the company. Her creative agency had other big-name clients like Amazon, Audemars Piguet, and Rebook. Hear how they worked together to create The Forward Female and why it works for entrepreneurs to find a community.
December 10, 2019
Woman, ROAR! Bev Founder & CEO Alix Peabody
Coming to you from Venice, California at Bev Headquarters, talking to founder and CEO Alix Peabody about her female-first beverage brand Bev. Bev is a mission-driven #breaktheglass beverage company that has risen in a real phoenix from the ashes story. Alix got sick, really sick. Collapsing in agony, suffering an ovarian torsion, which is a severe medical condition where the ovary twists and cuts off the blood flow, Alix was in and out of surgeries that left her with a huge debt. Bev grew out of a risky plan to pay off that debt. Now, Alix is on track to build a beverage company with a focus on empowering women.
November 20, 2019
Woman, ROAR! The Revury Founder & CEO Remington Fraser
Talking taking the career transition leap and being a conscious consumer with Remington Fraser founder and CEO of TheRevury.com, an online store for luxury consignment. While Remington has always had a passion for fashion and worked in retail throughout her school and college days, it was the business side of things that she was drawn to in the industry. She studied business at college before taking law at Loyola Law School. After suffering career burnout as a young lawyer, Remington turned to a business plan she had dreamed up years before and launched The Revury. You want designer clothes but do not want to pay full price? Go to The Revury. Want to be more of a conscious shopper and do your part to support sustainable fashion? Go to The Revury. Want some inspiration? Hit play on this podcast. Thank you, Beautiful!
November 14, 2019
Woman, ROAR! Entrepreneur Founder of SBC, Blacklight, & Stryke Club Stacy Blackman
Entrepreneur Stacy Blackman is the founder of SBC, The Blacklight Channel, and Stryke Club. Stacy started her first business with two friend while still in business school. Upon graduating, the three of them sold their company to what eventually became The Knot. Stacy’s next venture, Stacy Blackman Consulting launched 20 years ago and today her client roster stretches across 30 countries and the company has helped place thousands of people into top MBA programs. Stacy launched her own media company, the Blacklight.co to continue to support and inspire her SBC clients upon graduation. Always an ideas woman, Stacy started a teen skincare line just for boys called Stryke Club. Also in the mix, she is mom to three kids something she says has been more of a help in business than a hinderance. Get ready because this is one hell of an inspiring chat about how you can set high expectations for your life and realize your dreams. Stacy breaks down being a business woman into a simple approach and while she says you shouldn't expect it to be easy, you can make it happen. Sharing stories of women in business and how they get it done. This is about inspiring you to be bold, see your potential, and get doing!
October 30, 2019
Woman, ROAR! Television Journalist Brooke Thomas
Talking the business of show business with television journalist Brooke Thomas. Brooke moved to Los Angeles with a holding deal from Fox. However, the show never went ahead, and she found herself out of work in search of other television news opportunities. A small-town girl from Muskogee, Oklahoma Brooke grew up living with her grandparents after her mother needed to move out of state for work. Brooke said her mother is a role model who taught her that handwork and persistence pay off. Before arriving in Los Angeles, Brooke worked all over the country. Working as co-anchor of CBS 3's Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon in Philadelphia before moving to Dallas to be part of the nationally syndicated entertainment news show Eye Opener. She has also worked in Tennesse and Texas. You can now catch Brooke on TYT.com. Sharing stories of women in business and how they get it done. Woman, ROAR! is about inspiring you to be bold, see your potential, and get doing!
October 21, 2019
Woman, ROAR! Scientist Anja Skodda CEO & Founder of Happy Again Pet
When Anja Skodda's beloved skateboarding bulldog Tony was diagnosed with arthritis, Anja used her years of experience working as a biotech scientist to develop a formula to help him and get back on his board. For the past 15 years, Anja has merged her science background with an entrepreneurial mindset diving into many successful business ventures. From an anti-aging vodka cocktail to supplements for her dressage horses. Happy Again Pet is her latest venture and Dog whisperer, César Millan, is a partner. Anja graduated with a degree in biotechnology from the Technical University of Berlin, and while her college years weren't easy, they prepared her for life as a woman in male-dominated industries. Hear her story about maintaining a passion for fashion while earning respect in the worlds of science and startup fundraising.
October 2, 2019
Woman, ROAR! Vanessa Dew Health-Ade Kombucha Co-Founder & CSO
Sharing stories of women in business and how they get it done. Woman, ROAR! is about inspiring you to be bold, see your potential, and get doing! Coming to you from Health-Ade Kombucha HQ in Torrance, California. Health-Ade Kombucha Co-Founder & Chief Sales Officer, Vanessa Dew, shares her story of going against the advice of others and building a multi-million dollar health beverage company. Vanessa grew up in Los Angeles. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from UC San Diego and followed a relatively conventional career path working for years at a major pharmaceutical company. Then, she quit everything to help start Health-Ade Kombucha with her two friends, husband and wife, Daina and Justin Trout. Vanessa's story is about following your gut, brainstorming business ideas with friends, and how to go get what you want, when you want more.
September 19, 2019
Woman, ROAR! Create Hospitality Founder & CEO Lauren Koeppe
Sharing stories of women in business and how they get it done. Woman, ROAR! is about inspiring you to be bold, see your potential, and get doing! Create Hospitality Founder & CEO Lauren Koeppe shares her story of changing dreams and starting at the bottom to rise up in the hospitality world. We're going to take a look at what happens when plan A doesn't turn out to BE what you expect. Because being brave enough to switch direction can lead to discovering your best life. Koeppe built a name for herself in the hospitality industry, working at world-class restaurants, including The Standard on the New York City High Line, Hakkasan in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Hinoki & the Bird here in Los Angeles. She's worked with Celebrity Chefs Antonia Lofaso who has the restaurant Scopa in Venice and Australian chef Curtis Stone. Her latest venture includes two restaurants, The Pier House and Cartolina down by the Venice Pier.
September 11, 2019
Beautiful Hollywood X Gay Guts: Drag King Stephanie Galindo is Charles Galindo
Stephanie Galindo is a Drag King, and she likes to pack her pants with a sizable bulge when she is on stage as her alter ego Charles Galin. Stephanie named Charles in honor of Charlie Chaplin, whom she credits with saving her life. Each Christmas, on the anniversary of Chaplin's death, Galindo dresses up as Charlie Chaplin, heads into Hollywood, puts a flower on his star, and says, "Thank you." Hear all about Stephanie's drag life and why it is so important to tip your Kings!
July 17, 2019
How do you take a leap when you don't know where you are going to land? Drag Queen and Trans activist, Gia Gunn, and Nadia Lee, owner of the international jewelry company, Adia Kibur, had to both face decisions that involved major life transitions. Nadia left behind her dream of becoming a diplomat to start her own company, using a fake business card in a foreign country. Gia's life transition happened, quite literally, when she went through gender reassignment surgery. Here, both women share how they persevered in the face of fear to embrace the changes they needed to make. Plus, learn about their collaboration on Kollectin, a new full-service e-commerce app, created by Nadia for jewelry lovers, where you can try, buy, and also sell jewelry through your own Tiny Store just like Gia, who has set up her own store on the Kollectin app called Neon Vice.
June 30, 2019
Passion to Purpose
This show comes with a trigger warning. We hope it can be something that helps you if you’re in the process of healing. You are never alone. Find support at RAINN.org. Passion found a purpose for Claire Salvo, as she reached for a pen and began to sketch the face of the man who raped her. Salvo was 17 at the time of her attack. Her parents took her to the local police station immediately, but it would be ten years before she ever saw that face again. Salvo is a survivor of sexual assault. A former DJ living in New York, the now Venice-based artist, shares the stories of nine survivors of sexual assault in her latest portrait series, ME:WE. Hear Claire talk about her journey as a survivor and an artist. And, discover how in the end, her attacker landed life in prison.
June 6, 2019
Take a leap of faith and follow your dream. Elite athlete and former Team USA figure skater Maddison Bullock proves that risks lead to rewards as she transitions into a career as an actress, producer, and screenwriter. Her first feature The Ice Movie is available now on Amazon and she is already working on her second through her production company, Maddness Pictures. Find out how Maddison, armed with a simple composition book and a pen, stays accountable with a life-hack anyone can use.
May 16, 2019
Beautiful Hollywood X gAYGUTs: Jaake Castro
Authenticity is the "Queer Superpower" according to Singer Jaake Castro. Hosts Melanie Camp and Enrique Jesus Hernandez talk to the singer-songwriter and host of the live gAYGUTs show at Boardners, about growing up Christian, signing up for conversion camps, and believing he could "pray the gay away." Thank Goddess that didn't work! "You don't realize it when you're going through the chaos and pain of everything but, when you come out on the other side, the ability to actually be who you want to be is what I think everyone craves," says Castro. Sharing the stories of Queer artists in Los Angeles. This is Beautiful Hollywood X gAYGUTs.
May 8, 2019
“Words are how we record our thoughts and put them in other people’s heads,” says Brian Sonia-Wallace aka Rent Poet. Brian uses a typewriter and his poetry to pay the rent. Beautiful Hollywood host Melanie Camp chats with the wordsmith about poetry and getting paid.
April 30, 2019
Beautiful Hollywood X Gay Guts: INA of KINGQUEEN
Setting intentions to have them manifest is something INA likes to practice. Even as a child, she would tell people something was going to happen as a way of hoping it would happen. This helped her survive a traumatic childhood and go on to live a Beautiful Hollywood dream as lead singer for Los Angeles pop-rock group KINGQUEEN. Listen to her story here.
April 28, 2019
Metaphors Be With You
Quentin Ring is the Executive Director at Beyond Baroque, a literary arts center in Venice, CA. To celebrate National Poetry Month, Beautiful Hollywood host, Melanie Camp, chats with Quentin discovering how poetry can change your life. Plus, find out more about the Wednesday Night Workshop which has run continuously since 1969 and is where the likes of Patti Smith, Tom Waits, and legendary Los Angeles band X have all honed their craft.
April 15, 2019
Beautiful Hollywood X gAYGUTs: Enrique Jesus Hernandez
gAYGUTs is new series on Beautiful Hollywood that shares the stories of queer artists in Los Angeles. See them live at Boardners. Listen to their stories here. Domestic violence survivor, musician, and gAYGUTs creator, Enrique Jesus Hernandez makes space for queer artists who have a story to share through art. The gAY GUTs slogan is Unity Through Vulnerability. Hear how music helped Hernandez process surviving domestic abuse and what you can expect from a live gAYGUTs show. #YouBelongQueer.
March 23, 2019
Kelly Donohue is the woman of WearsKelly.com a fashion blog that began in 2013. Initially, Kelly moved to Los Angeles to study at UCLA and like so many other, act. Kelly’s dreams were on track, and WearsKelly was merely a hobby, a creative outlet and a way of giving the uncertain life of an actor a bit of structure. That transitioned, and WearsKelly is now the dream Kelly Donohue is doing. Hear her journey; how a hobby became a dream where her blog has over 12,000 followers, and Kelly gets paid to collaborate with brand names and designers.
March 23, 2019
Elizabeth Taylor once told Venice Art Crawl president and photographer Sunny Bak she was up way past her bedtime, but that is just how it goes when you’re rolling around New York with paparazzi as a teenager. Beautiful Hollywood talks to Bak about how a need to make money to buy theater tickets turned a passion into a lifelong career, hanging with the Beastie Boys, and how the outbreak of AIDs shuttered free love and saw a rise in homophobia in the ’80s. For Bak, life is art.
February 24, 2019
Hair + Makeup
From celebrity clients to campaigns for PETA and Old Navy, to editorials for People and Nylon magazines, Aaron Barry has 12 years experience in makeup and 15 in hair. But it wasn’t always red carpets and Hollywood glam. Aaron grew up in Ireland struggling against gay stereotypes and having no idea what he wanted from his life. Once he found his passion, everything he overcame as a young man with a dream helped shaped hime into a man with a plan. Find out how Aaron got to Hollywood and how he continues to grow in the competitive world of Hair and Makeup. As Aaron says, "everyone in this life is entitled to happiness." Sometimes, you've just got to #jumponaplane.
February 1, 2019
When Art is Crime
Graffiti artist Narrator is paid to create art all over town, including Venice and Mid-city, but his art hasn’t always been a welcome commission in the City of Los Angeles. From graffiti to jail to selling paintings worth thousands of dollars when it comes to creating, for Narrator, it has been a fine line between art and crime.
January 9, 2019
*Trigger Warning. This story has content that may be triggering to anyone who has suffered abuse or violence. Ultimately, it is a story of surviving and thriving and because of it thousands of lives have been saved. Living on the streets for several years and working as a prostitute, one night Lauri Burns almost died when gang members, on a mission to rape and kill, kidnapped her. Burns found healing through helping and to date has saved thousands of at-risk, homeless and sex trafficked young women from the streets of Los Angeles and Orange County.
December 12, 2018
Music on Mars
Singer Tara Macri shares her story of dream chasing all the way to the Billboard Top 100. She says songwriting is her version of journaling, helping her keep her feet on the ground as she sets goals to send her music to outer space. Next stop Mars...how about it, Elon?
December 4, 2018
Training Cats & Dogs
At 29, Ian Doig had no car, no job, and no idea what to do with his life. Today, he works as an animal co-ordinator on many hit TV shows including; DC Legends of Tomorrow and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It all began with a Polar Bear! Beautiful Hollywood host Melanie Camp sits down with Doig to chat about perseverance, and training cats and dogs.
November 27, 2018
Make up artist Michelle Q glams many of the faces you see in reality television. Working on Botched, Vanderpump Rules, The Hills New Beginnings, and more! However, eight years ago Michelle arrived in Los Angeles with all her belongings in a couple of garbage bags and only a few pennies to her name. Find out how she stuck to her dream and found success.
November 21, 2018
How to Win an Emmy® (and where to keep the statue)
Award-winning producer, Lauren Wilkins shares how she cracked the tough world of television, won an Emmy®, and where she keeps her statue. “I’m the kind of person who writes affirmations in the morning. I have to do my inner work before I get to work, so I’m not looking for anyone else to validate me," Lauren tells host Melanie Camp.
November 17, 2018
Dr. Chong: Failing and Saving
Dr. David Chong grew up in the most isolated city in the world, moving from Malaysia to Australia when he was five years old. A leading Australian plastic surgeon, David spends three months a year volunteering for Mercy Ships and Operation Smile saving thousands of faces, giving many a second chance at life. Almost kicked out of medical school three times, second chances saved David's future. Doctors orders; "you are going to fail, and that's OK."
November 7, 2018
The Chair that Peter Built
Host Melanie Camp chats with entrepreneur Peter Grundberg in Budapest, Hungary and discovers how a unique hospitality concept called BrodyLand was born like a phoenix rising from the ashes of the global crash in 2008. Peter and his business partner Will almost lost everything but as Peter says, “out of crisis is born opportunity.”
November 7, 2018
In Bed with Michele Knight
Welcoming Beautiful Hollywood into her home, and bed, Astrologer & Psychic Michele Knight chats with host Melanie Camp about the magic of dream chasing and as she puts it, how you can be a “sorceress of your own reality.”
November 7, 2018